His CT scan could not be done properly because of huge number of pellets inside his body: Doctor
Srinagar: Admitted to the post anaesthesia care unit of the SMHS Hospital, 16-year-old ZahidManzoor is worried about the severity of the injuries caused by pellets in his body.
“It is just the gall bladder that has got injured. The doctors have said that there is nothing to worry about,” his brother Yasir tries to assure him.
The assurance hardly soothes Zahid, who appears to have sensed the gravity of his injuries. Doctors at the hospital said that Manzoor’s right kidney had “grade-V injury”, the gravest for the organ.
“His kidney is shattered, his right renal vein is also shattered,” a doctor treating him said. The pellets have also perforated his lungs, liver and intestines, the doctors said.
A class 11 student from Zoonimar locality here, Zahid is the latest victim of pellet shot gun used by government forces in Kashmir. Brought to the hospital on Friday afternoon, Manzoor’s gall bladder was removed. His other damaged organs have been “repaired”.
“We are keeping him under observation. Pellets have caused damage to the organs in his abdomen,” another senior doctor said.
Writhing in pain, Zahid told Greater Kashmir that he was heading home after finishing his class 11 examinations.
“At Nawakalchowk, I saw a group of men in uniform approaching. I stopped and stepped aside and let them pass by,” Manzoor recollected, his face swollen and his nose bleeding.
“When they were passing by and I started to walk I suddenly felt a sharp shooting pain on the side of my abdomen. My legs gave away,” he said.
He added that he remembered one or two of the forces’ men shouting at him to get up and leave.
“But I couldn’t move…I do not remember what happened afterwards,” he said.
The doctors said that Zahid has a round entry wound, 5 x 5 cm, on the right side of the abdomen, “suggesting that he had been fired upon from a close range”.
“Even his CT Scan could not be done properly due to a huge quantity of metallic pellets inside his body,” a doctor said, showing his scan report which read, “Image quality degraded due to presence of high density foreign body/metal/lead pieces.”
Asked why he was fired upon with pellets, Zahid expressed his shock. “I don’t know why they targeted me. Neither were there any protests, nor any other people around me,” he said.
Son of a poor vendor, Zahid will have a “long journey” to recovery, doctors said.
Records accessed by Greater Kashmir reveal that over 200 people injured by pellets have been treated at the SMHS Hospital since January 2017.
Of these over 170 had eye injuries. Eight of these had both their eyes injured.
Doctors at the hospital said that even when things “appeared normal”, pellets continued to cause injuries.
“The number has declined but this year too, we had scores of grave injuries,” a senior doctor at the hospital said.
Another pellet victim, whose left eye had been perforated by pellets on Friday and had been admitted to the SMHS hospital for treatment had left against medical advice on Saturday morning.
A doctor who was on duty said the pellet victim recorded in hospital records as Sahil, 16, a resident of Nawakadal, “disappeared soon after a few people who he did not recognize visited him asking for his details.”
According to the doctor Sahil had corneal tear and his lens had also got damaged due to pellets.
In-charge medical superintendent SMH Hospital Dr Salaam Tak said that two pellet victims had been admitted on Friday, one of whom was “untraceable”.
“We admitted Zahid and Sahil. But Sahil was not in his hospital bed in the morning when doctors went to check on him,” he said.